Critical Reviews

A collection of critical reviews by richard speer

Author of the biography “Matt Lamb: The Art of Success” (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), he is also a contributor to Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento News & Review, Salon, and Opera News. 

His projects have been awarded curatorial grants by the Sam Francis Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation. As contributing critic for ARTnews, Artpulse, Visual Art Source, and Art, Ltd., Richard has reviewed exhibitions in New York City, San Francisco, Palm Desert, Santa Fe, Miami, Saint Petersburg, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon (where he is based), covering artists such as Sam Gilliam, Roger Ballen, Janet Malcolm, and Peter Halley.  He has written catalogue essays about some of the world's leading contemporary artists.  For more information, visit

“Letting the River Flow: Barry Mack’s Natural Forces” Essay by Richard Speer

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Ancient Light Review of Barry Mack’s Ancient Light Series

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Transliterating the Transcendent State: Barry Mack’s Doorways

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